Around this time last year, we were at a wedding shower for my cousin Philip and his lovely bride-to-be, Lisa. Philip has always been an impressive kid – on the crew team for Yale, met his now-wife on a local adult swim team (I believe), and is all-around the kind of athletic person I’d love to be. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the kid looking anything but amazingly muscular. He’s also been a sort of attention-getter. I remember being younger, and seeing him in these pale yellow plaid shorts in the summertime. If I recall, he’d gotten them from a consignment shop and wore them CONSTANTLY that summer. We all made fun, but secretly, I loved the fact that he was being his own person and rocking those shorts. As I got older, I started doing the same thing – my taste is a little odd, to say the least. I often get teased by family and friends on my clothing choices (like the hot pink UGGs I selected last year to wear with an otherwise all-black outfit), but I know that I look good, and I like the little bit of attention it gets me. Plus, I like being my own person and not blending in.
Anyway, back to the shower. Philip comes in wearing these weird-ass sneakers. Remember toe-socks? Yeah, think about those, but with soles. I found out that they’re called FiveFingers, and I have to say that they were pretty fun looking. I considered getting a pair, but wasn’t sure if I’d like them or not. Then I started reading all about bare foot running and the benefits that it can have for a person … I was becoming more and more convinced that I might like to try it at some point, maybe after my two half-marathons this year. And so, I started checking out the FiveFingers website, reading about the shoes, the benefits, and the wearers. Last week, I ran out and got myself a pair, and cracked up when I saw the instructions in the box. You’ve got to love a pair of shoes that comes with instructions: don’t wear them for long periods right away; start out by running doing only 10% of your normal distance, and increase SLOWLY; don’t put them on like a regular shoe; the list went on and on.
I wore them all day on Friday and LOVED them, and then I saw this article on CNN talking about breaking them in (the shoes in the image are the ones I got, as it happens). Apparently, they’re quite the hit with gym junkies as well, so don’t be surprised if you see them on your next trip there. They’re fun, they’re attention-grabbing, and they’re beneficial – if you use them correctly. I’m already planning on getting a cuter pair for our trip to Disney World next year, and I can’t wait to give them a try running, but I think I’ll wait til after the half – I’m not limping across the finish line this time!